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William H. McRaven

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PNTV: Sea Stories by Admiral William H. McRaven (#407)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Optimize: https://optimize.me/ (← Get Free Stuff + Free 2-Week Trial!) Optimize Coach: https://optimize.me/coach (← Join 2,000+ Optimizers from 70+ Countries!) Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from Sea Stories by Admiral William H. McRaven. Hope you enjoy! I got this book immediately after finishing Admiral McRaven’s first book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World. That one’s a quick-reading little book on the ten lessons McRaven learned in his SEAL training that we can all apply to our modern lives. It was fantastic. I had a strong feeling this memoir on his “Life in Special Operations” would be just as good. It is. As per the back cover, “Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.” McRaven is a brilliant story teller with, as you can imagine, an incredible array of stories to tell. But that’s not why I loved this book so much. I loved it because reading it made me want to be a better human being. If you enjoy autobiographies and appreciate the military heroes who serve our country as much as I do, I think you’ll love the book as much as I did. Get Sea Stories on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Stories-Life-Special-Operations/dp/1538729741 Learn more about Admiral William H. McRaven: https://www.optimize.me/authors/admiral-william-h-mcraven/ ► RELATED RESOURCES: Big Idea 1: ONE EVOLUTION - +1: One Evolution at a Time | How to Get Through Hell Week (#1218) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/one-evolution-at-a-time/ - +1: Simplify the Battlefield | Wisdom from a SEAL Commander on What to Do in the Chaos of Life and War (#75) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/simplify-the-battlefield/ - +1: How Byron Katie Does Her Dishes | Hint: She Dominates Them (#536) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/how-byron-katie-does-her-dishes/ - +1: WIN! WIN! WIN! | What’s Your Next Most Important Thing? (<- Crush That. Repeat.) (#421) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/win-win-win/ - +1: What’s Important Now? (Part 2) | How to Win 28 Olympic Medals (#276) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/whats-important-now-part-2/ - PN: Constructive Living by David K. Reynolds → https://www.optimize.me/philosophers-notes/constructive-living-david-reynolds/ - +1: Now What Needs to Be Done? | Remember: Feelings Follow Behavior (#72) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/now-what-needs-to-be-done/ Big Idea 2: CONNECTION - +1: The Power of Others | Rely on It! (#1226) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/the-power-of-others/ - +1: How to Say “I Love You” | In Squeezy-eze (#1140) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/how-to-say-i-love-you/ Big Idea 3: THE BELL - +1: When You’re Neck Deep in Mud | Sing! (#1204) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/when-youre-neck-deep-in-mud/ - +1:Self-Efficacy| The Science of Confidence (#111) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/self-efficacy/ Big Idea 4: WARRIOR’S LOVE - +1: How's Your Hedgehog? | 3 Circles on What You’re Here to Do (#131) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/hows-your-hedgehog/ - +1: Your Specific Mission in Life | You Have One… What Is It? (#1041) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/your-specific-mission-in-life/ Big Idea 5: A GOOD MAN - +1: On Humility | Thinking of Ourselves Less (#1054) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/on-humility/ - +1: Heroes Have Quests | What's Yours? (#118) → https://www.optimize.me/plus-one/heroes-have-quests/ ► FREE 14-DAY TRIAL: Get the PhilosophersNote on Sea Stories and 600+ other books by starting a Free 14-Day trial membership to Optimize: https://www.optimize.me/trial/ ► MORE GOODNESS: - Get the Optimize App for iPhone & iPad: https://www.optimize.me/apps/ - Get the Optimize App for Android: https://www.optimize.me/apps/ - Subscribe to the Optimize Podcast: https://optimize.me/podcast/ - Follow Optimize on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BriantheOptimizer/ - Follow Optimize on Instagram: https://instagram.com/optimize.me/

23mins

14 Sep 2021

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Independence Day Special | Admiral William H. McRaven

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

In a special edition celebrating Independence Day, four-star Admiral William H. McRaven returns to Firing Line to share stories of heroism from his 37 years of service to America. Adm. McRaven takes Margaret Hoover through the capture and imprisonment of Saddam Hussein, who nicknamed him “El Jefe,” and inside the high-stakes Pakistan raid that killed Osama bin Laden.Support for “Firing Line for Margaret Hoover” is provided by The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation, Robert Granieri, Charles R. Schwab, The David Tepper Charitable Foundation Inc., The Fairweather Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and Rosalind P. Walter. Corporate funding is provided by Stephens Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

25mins

3 Jul 2021

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Admiral William H. McRaven

Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Four-star Admiral William H. McRaven, who rose to become commander of U.S. Special Operations, discusses America’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and whether he believes U.S.-trained Afghan forces can handle an “onslaught by the Taliban.” McRaven also addresses the current threat level from Iran, his decision to speak out against President Trump, whom he calls “a leader that belittled people,” before the 2020 election and 10 everyday virtues laid out in his new book, "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived."  Support for “Firing Line for Margaret Hoover” is provided by The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation, Robert Granieri, Charles R. Schwab, The David Tepper Charitable Foundation Inc., The Fairweather Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and Rosalind P. Walter. Corporate funding is provided by Stephens Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

33mins

26 Jun 2021

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Admiral William H. McRaven in conversation with Mark Harmon

Live Talks Los Angeles

Admiral William H. McRaven in conversation with Mark Harmon at Live Talks Los Angeles  discussing his book, "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived.” The talk aired on April 14, 2021 from the Live Talks Los Angeles studios.  For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles-- upcoming talks, videos, podcast or our online store -- visit us at livetalksla.org and subscribe to this podcast.

52mins

17 Apr 2021

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22. Admiral William H. McRaven, author, "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived"

The Interview with Hugh Hewitt

In this episode of The Interview, Hugh is joined by retired United States Navy four-star admiral William H. McRaven who served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and is the author of his newest book, "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

37mins

14 Apr 2021

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Your Motivational Moment #20 - Admiral William H. McRaven with his lessons learnt from the US Navy

Motivation & Inspiration from Learn Develop Live with Chris Jaggs

The Learn Develop Live podcast brings you, ‘Your Motivational Moment!’Bringing you some of the best speakers and teachers from across the globe, their words and wisdom will help empower you with the motivation and inspiration you need to drive you towards your best days! Have you booked your FREE 30 minute Learn Develop Live coaching call?  Head over to www.ldlcall.com to book your slot and let’s start planning YOUR next big adventure!  Or send me a text on 07801543515 and let’s talk!Click here for the link to the latest podcast!https://www.learndeveloplive.com/podcasts.html

21mins

15 Oct 2020

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PNTV: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (#406)

OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson | More Wisdom in Less Time

Admiral William H. McRaven is a Retired U.S. Navy SEAL who served for thirty-seven years and commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. (During this time, he oversaw the covert mission that killed Osama bin Laden.) In 2014, he gave the commencement address to the graduates of the University of Texas at Austin. Millions of people wound up watching his speech on ten lessons he learned from his Navy SEAL training. This book takes a deeper look at those ten lessons. It’s a super-quick read—packed with simple, yet profound wisdom along with moving stories of moral exemplars. It's FANTASTIC.

23mins

16 Sep 2020

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The Little Things that Can Change Your Life (Any Maybe the World) With William H. McRaven

Knowledge For Men

William H. McRaven is a former United States Navy admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014. Since January 2015, he has served as the chancellor of The University of Texas System. McRaven previously served from June 13, 2008, to August 2011 as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and from June 2006 to March 2008 as Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR).  In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces. Admiral McRaven retired from the Navy on August 28, 2014, after more than 37 years of service. Favorite Success Quote If by Rudyard Kipling Key Points 1. Focus on Doing Your Duties Now  Success in life doesn’t come from focusing on what you are going to do in the future. It comes from focusing all of your attention on the tasks that are in front of you right now. Yes, you should have goals, dreams, and aspirations. However, do not allow these dreams and aspirations to rule the present moment. Instead, focus on the now, focus on what is right in front of you, focus more on the next 24 hours and less on the next 24 years. The quickest way to achieve success (whatever your definition of success might be) is to have a plan and then execute on that plan, day in and day out. Do your duties now and allow tomorrow to take care of itself. 2. You Can’t Make it Alone  Many men like to think that they are an island, they like to believe that they are the Alpha and Omega of their lives. Until one day, they are struck by the very harsh reality that they are not. No man, regardless of size, intelligence or other capability has ever “made it” on this planet by themselves. We were designed for community and teamwork. One of the fastest ways to achieve your mission, whether that is in business, in your health, or in your relationships is to surround yourself with amazing, like-minded individuals who can help support you and push you along the journey. With a tight-knit circle of influence, you will be able to accelerate your results, find your blind spots, and receive help when you are outside of your comfort zone. And more than that, you will have more fun! Life is a team sport, it’s meant to be played with other people. So eradicate the erroneous notion that real men do it alone. Build your tribe and have a blast doing it. 3. What Are You Really Made of? So often in our modern society, we are quick to judge others (and ourselves) on external factors like height, weight, attractiveness, financial success, and social capital. But we forget that our worth is defined by how much heart we have, not how much money or muscle we have. A person’s worth is defined by what’s inside. Admiral McRaven illustrates this point perfectly in his book when he shares the story of Thomas Norris, a Navy Seal who was awarded the congressional medal of honor. During training, nearly all of his classmates assumed that Tom would fail. He was short, skinny, and out of shape compared to the other men. However, Tom had a level of internal fortitude, mental strength, and heart that few men in the world display. And his bravery was exemplified repeatedly on the battlefield, especially during the infamous rescue mission that lead to his Congressional Medal of Honor. Like Tom, many of you might not be what comes to mind physically when people think of an “Alpha” or a “Real Man”. But that isn’t what matters. What are you made of? Who are you? What is your character like when everything goes wrong and your life is spiraling out of control? That is what determines your worth as a man. 4. You Are Going to Fail Read that again. You are going to fail. I don’t care how good you are, how smart you are, or how strong you are. Life will kick you to the curb and beat you senseless at some point in your existence. This isn’t a speculation. It’s fact. You are going to fail! You might not face the catastrophic failures that come to mind when you hear the word, but at some point in your life, you will be faced with a situation, a business deal, a relationship, or a physical challenge that you simply cannot surmount. So get over it. Stop letting this fear of failure rule you and accept that failure is inevitable. Failure is a sign of life, it is a sign that you are trying to push the envelope forward and a sign that you are growing into the man you need to be. So get used to failing. If you do anything of worth in this life, it is going to become a pretty common occurrence. 5. Your Bank Account Doesn’t Determine Your Success Many men operate under the flawed ideology that the more 0’s they have in their bank accounts, the more successful they are. This simply isn’t true. Yes, money is important, and you should certainly strive to earn enough to enjoy your life, be comfortable, and have enough left over to share. But it is not the end all be all to success. Who are you? How is your character? How do you treat others? How is your marriage? These are the things that determine a man’s success. If you are surrounded by good friends, have a happy, loving relationship with your wife, are in good health, and positively impact the world on a regular basis, then congratulations… You have achieved success.

43mins

7 Sep 2020

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven

Go Help Yourself: A Comedy Self-Help Podcast to Make Life Suck Less

This week, Lisa & Misty review the #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven. William Harry McRaven is a retired United States Navy Four-Star admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command. He was also the chancellor of The University of Texas System. McRaven previously served as commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and as commander of Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces. McRaven retired from the U.S. Navy on August 28, 2014, after more than 37 years of service. We cover every chapter in this Make Your Bed book review, including: Start your day with a task completed You can’t go at it alone Only the size of your heart matters Life’s not fair—drive on! Failure can make you stronger You must dare greatly Stand up to the bullies Rise to the occasion Give people hope Never, ever quit! If you like what you're hearing, you can purchase the book here. And don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review Go Help Yourself!Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

44mins

20 Mar 2020

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315: Admiral William H. McRaven | That's So McRaven

The Jordan Harbinger Show

Admiral William H. McRaven (@billmcraven) masterminded and executed the mission that brought down Osama bin Laden and is the author of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World. What We Discuss with William H. McRaven: What are the benefits to taking every day, as a Navy SEAL might say, "one evolution at a time?" What are the potential downfalls of having a 20-year plan? Why is taking advantage of opportunities more important than charting a course — and how can we spot them? What are you proving when you're willing to take professional risks — even when you don't succeed? What is the most important thing to understand about leadership? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: https://jordanharbinger.com/315 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

53mins

20 Feb 2020

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